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- Air Dominance Overview
- F/A-18 Air Dominance
- AESA Technology
- Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR)
- Radar Capabilities
Providing the Technology
For more than 50 years, Raytheon engineers and employees have unraveled the needs of militaries worldwide. Today, it uses that commanding experience to shape and develop the future radar systems that enable U.S. and allied nation’s air dominance. Air dominance encompasses air and effect-based superiority across a variety of platforms — fighters, unmanned aerial vehicles and aerostats (lighter-than-air aircraft).
Air dominance is a vital capability on today’s ever-changing battlefield. With Raytheon’s systems and integration expertise and laser-like focus on our customers’ needs, the industry-leading company brings every component together more quickly and more affordably than its competition. The combination of Raytheon’s mission systems knowledge, understanding of the customer mission and product knowledge means it has profound in-depth knowledge of products and how they work together to solve its customers’ toughest problems.
At Raytheon, there continues an increased demand for integrated airborne systems that will provide air dominance, a networking of manned and unmanned systems, including space sensors and ground station capabilities like the Distributed Common Ground Systems (DCGS) to provide the best possible situational awareness.
Raytheon couples its superior air-to-air, strike and anti-radiation weapons systems with its navigation, electronic warfare (EW), electro-optic/infrared sensors and systems and active array radar systems. These capabilities enable Raytheon to cover the entire battlespace with long-range and short-range precision weapons and the entire spectrum of sensors. These capabilities enable 24-hour operations in any weather and with no limitations.
For the warfighter, our efforts serve as a force multiplier for existing and future fighter systems, cutting costs, increasing capability and the speed of decision-making. This brings agility and speed to market for the warfighter.
Networked Aerial Battlespace
In today’s evolving battlespace, warfighters play an integral role – sharing key tactical and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data fighter-to-fighter and fighter-to-network. With Raytheon integrated systems, you can perform multiple missions with a single fighter aircraft — such as close air support, deep strike, littoral and air-to-air missions.
The advantage of air dominance is the acceleration of decision-making — the OODA loop — Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action. The combination of advanced sensors and weapons working together gives a clear picture of the battlefield more rapidly.
Our enterprise modeling and simulation capability pulls together real sensor system data, called high fidelity, to show how intelligences/surveillance/reconnaissance assets, fighters and even sea-launched Tomahawk missiles can work together for the customer’s evolving needs. This enterprise modeling and simulation allows us to model solutions, independent of specific platforms, and then help us rapidly demonstrate this evolving capability to our customers.
This gives us the capability to expand sensor performance and see how it relates to other sensors and weapons in a new way to enhance advanced tactical targeting technology (AT3), transformational strike, air-to-ground imaging and future weapons effects. This is how Raytheon technology knits the information chain together for the warfighter.
F-22 AESA Radar System
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems partners with Northrop Grumman, who leads the Joint Venture, to design, develop and produce the F-22 AESA radar system. The F-22's AN/APG-77 radar system is the primary sensor in the F-22's integrated sensor and avionics suite. It provides the pilot with unprecedented situational awareness and near-simultaneous search, track, and target engagement operations via it's agile beam-steering capability.
The radar system features a low observable, active element, electronically-scanned array with multi-target, all-weather operational capability. The design eliminates many of the mechanical parts common to other radar systems, making the F-22 Radar much more reliable than its predecessors. The design also exhibits a very low radar cross section, supporting the F-22's stealthy design.
Transformational Strike is another effort at Raytheon that we are actively working — taking our mission domain knowledge to provide the warfighter the increased capability they need. It’s an end-to-end approach that is powerful and cost-effective.
Legacy airborne platforms need to be combat viable for the next 20-30 years. Raytheon technology is making systems simpler, more integrated, more powerful and less expensive. Our systems can provide fifth-generation capability for legacy fighters in a way that keeps them as operationally important as the newer platforms.
Raytheon’s long and distinguished history of supporting the servicemen and -women with world-class integrated systems, sensors and munitions shows the committed it has to continuing the legacy of mission assurance, so that when aviators climb into the cockpit, they have no doubt that the Raytheon systems at their command will work every time.
Whatever the task—defense, ISR, or strike—pilots and aircrews already rely on Raytheon’s AESA technology for optimal mission assurance.